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Grateful Dead Live at Cole Field House on 1981-03-07




Set I
d1t01 crowd/tuning
d1t02 Alabama Getaway >
d1t03 Greatest Story
d1t04 Dire Wolf
d1t05 Me And My Uncle >
d1t06 Big River
d1t07 Candyman
d1t08 C.C. Rider
d1t09 Jack-A-Roe
d1t10 Passenger
d2t01 Bird Song >
d2t02 Looks Like Rain >
d2t03 Deal

Set II
d2t04 crowd
d2t05 Aiko Aiko >
d2t06 Lost Sailor >
d2t07 Saint of Circumstance >
d2t08 Jam >
d2t09 Rhythm Devils >
d3t01 Jam >
d3t02 Truckin'>
d3t03 Black Peter >
d3t04 Around & Around >
d3t05 Johnny B. Goode

Encore
d3t06 One More Saturday Night


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date March 7, 1981
Venue Cole Field House
Location College Park, MD

Source Nakamichi CM700's > Sony TC-D5M > MAC
Lineage MAC > Nakamichi DR-1 > Grace Design Lunatec V3 > S/pdif > WaveLAB 5.0 > wav
Taped by Barry Glassberg
Transferred by A. Egert and C. Ladner


Notes

Mastering Notes:
Tape flip in d2t02 - Deal (03:15-03:22) cross fade patched from Jim Wise FOB-Sennheiser recording,
Mastering with Adobe Audition 2.0 (Waves Z-Noise (learn mode on 5 s blank tape patch, threshold 3/reduction 23) & Izotope
Patch Source:
Lineage: AUD (Senn 421 mics > SonyD5 > MC > CD > ? > EAC > SHN)
Taper: J. Wise

Reviews

Reviewer: lonesomejohnnie - - March 14, 2014
Subject: First Grateful Dead show
I revisited this show for the first time in a long time as the tape I had was a High gen and very trebly. 33 years ago I embarked on a journey that started this night ended in Chicago 1995. This version is a much better recording than I had. Always remembered the 1st set being off the charts and the 2nd set withering, hence my rating. I could easily give the 1st set a 5 star, esp for the Deal and LLR. Overall it is not in my top show list, but there is awesome playing happening in the first set. Glad I listened to it today!
Reviewer: The TRUE Bucky - - November 29, 2013
Subject: First Set
The 'conga line' of dancers came by during Birdsong...down went my crutches and off I went dancing, never to see those crutches again. No, not a miraculous healing, just orders from my doctor that I could chose my own time to dispose of the crutches and test my ankle's formerly torn ligaments out. I just couldn't resist during this epic Birdsong.

Also, check out the Jackaroe. There's an extra instrumental near the end as Jerry seems to lose his place for a moment in the lyrics ~ then comes out of the added instrumental exactly mid-verse in the lyrics after all.

The Looks Like Rain, Passenger and Deal are also great to end this 90+ minute set, especially Deal. Man, Jerry just gets dirty at the end. Check it out.

Second set starts fine with the first electric Aiko since back at Rochester in Sept. MAN, THAT WAS big to hear it to open the set then.. after The Lost Break', the guys are set to launch into Uncle John's.. They're all over it & Jerry backs out (a problem with songs he stumble onto during the jam all tour except 3/10). As soon as UJB evaporated, I knew the show would tank. It did.
Reviewer: chris phillips - - April 26, 2013
Subject: Bird Song For The Ages
Jerry was on until he was physically ill around drums. So you could say this show petered out for good reason, but until then it was phenomenal!
Bird Song is one for the ages! Looks Like Rain and Deal are killer. Alabama and Jack-A Roe are excellent.
1981 was amazing, the best year after '74 other than '77. And this first set highlights how well Jerry's guitar playing became! Suddenly Jerry was better than '78-'80 in my eyes.
9/12 Bird Song is beautiful too and those Greek's will underscore what I am saying about the year at hand. Also, 5/16 is good, 7/10 is fun, 12/26 is hot etc...

very nicely recorded and thanks for the transfer!
Reviewer: njpg - - March 8, 2013
Subject: --
No matter what the 2nd set is like, the 1st is freakin' unbelievable! You HAVE to hear it. Crystal-clear, warm recording too!
Reviewer: Sir-Mix-Alot - - August 10, 2011
Subject: Glassberg is the BOMB
Barry Glassberg produced some of the finest-sounding FOB AUD tapes available on the Archive....he is using the famous Nak 700 interchangeable capsule microphones, but he never tells us which capsules he used. His FOB recordings are superb in most cases....check out his MSG fall '81 recordings also mastered by MOTB. SWEET SOUND!

This is a very enegetic perfomance from the Band. The DEAL is off-the-hook. This is worth listening to!
Reviewer: jimseye - - March 14, 2011
Subject: Thank You
Thank you..This was my first Dead show. I loved it and had a great time at the show. This is so great, thanks again..
Reviewer: dustbowltom - - March 7, 2011
Subject: Alabama !!!!
Wow Cranked up from the get-go Woo-Hoo !! Fat man jams !
Reviewer: feather0926 - - September 21, 2010
Subject: Birdsong
WOW!!!! what an under rated show. The Silor>Saint>Jam is OUTRAGEOUS. In fact so is the whole show. We can call this a Grateful download.THANK YOU!!!!
Reviewer: Xun - - March 22, 2009
Subject: They brought the heat!
Great recording a real Gem, The highlight for me, was Big River. I honestly believe this is one of the best versions I have ever heard. This is a Fun show, truly balanced; enjoy.
Reviewer: taemacho - - January 26, 2009
Subject: Very nice
This is a great audience recording to say the least. He definitely was close to the stage. Really, really good sound quality. I don't want to give it away, but right after Dire Wolf Bob plays the first few notes of a song they stopped playing years before and never did again. I remember driving all my high school friends down from Baltimore and half way down, one of them says he left his ticket at home and we drove all the way back to get it. We also were looking all show for the guys who took off when we got there who had all the pot. We used to go over to there barn and they jammed out Grateful Dead, Airplane and Marley tunes. Really fun times back then. We never did see them until when we were walking back to the car. This was also my second show and what a hot show it was. Longest Bird Song ever, but it didn't seem that long hearing it and still doesn't listening to it. The band was definitely on this night. Highly recommended!
Reviewer: Stargazin - - May 2, 2008
Subject: MOTB
what a great audience recording. This one is DEFINITELY worth a download.
Reviewer: Philly80Dead - - February 3, 2008
Subject: THANK YOU!
Guys, this is a dream come true! My second Dead show, best first set I ever saw, and up until now, no decent recording. Birdsong is other-worldly, Jerry's solo in LLR will bring tears to your eyes, and Deal is absolutely, positively, my favorite version of any I've heard. I'm not a fan of saying "best version ever" as some will, but this Deal is absolutely spectacular! I challenge you to find another better. THANK YOU for this recording. I must admit, second set was abit disappointing, but the first set is off the hook! Did I say "thank you" yet?
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